Martin commits to Butler

Kelan Martin made a verbal commitment to Butler during an in-home visit with Brandon Miller.

Head Coach Brandon Miller has been hard after Louisville (Ky) Ballard combo forward Kelan Martin. The 6-foot-5 Martin is one of the most athletically gifted players in the class and on Monday night he picked the Big East school after making an official visit to the campus over the weekend.

"Both Butler and St. Louis did a great job of recruiting Kelan," said Martin's father Ken. "It was just he felt a little bit more comfortable with Butler. He was a little bit more comfortable with the style of play and also the location with him having played with Indiana Elite during the summer."

Another big deal for Martin and his family was the education offered at Butler.

"Butler and St. Louis were both great academic schools," said the elder Martin. "That is something that was very important to Kelan, myself, and his mother. We wanted a school that was great academically as well basketball wise, so that was a big deal for us."

Though he has yet to coach in a game yet for Butler, the presence of Miller was big in helping the Bulldogs land this pledge.

"Both Coach Miller and Coach (Michael) Lewis are great people," said Martin. "One of the players who hosted Kelan on his visit told him that Coach Miller was the type of person that you can talk to about anything. We just felt that he would help Kelan grow as a person as well as a player."

Martin is the second commitment in the class for the Bulldogs. He joins fellow three-star prospect Tyler Wideman in the Bulldogs haul.

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